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June 2, 2011 8:35:14 AM

MY Specs are

core2duo 2.93 ghz
3 GB DDR2 Ram
Hd 4350
CoolerMaster Xtreme powerplus 500w
Samsung 22 inch lcd monitor. resolution = 1680x1050

I want to upgrade my graphics and ram. I want to play all the latest games at high everything and resolution of 1680x1050 resolution for atleast two years starting from now.
which graphics card is suggested. + is physx something good enough to buy a nvidia gpu.

Budget<$200

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a c 176 U Graphics card
June 2, 2011 9:13:24 AM

6870 is going to be your best bet. Most powerful card thats <$200. PhysX isn't worth it as too few games support it.
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June 2, 2011 9:58:07 AM

What about a Hd 6850.
I only have one pci express on my powersupply would it make any differnce on getting the Hd 6870
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a c 176 U Graphics card
June 2, 2011 10:03:38 AM

What PSU do you have? The fastest single PCIe plug card is the 5770. If your PSU isn't up to it however you'll need to upgrade it first.
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June 2, 2011 10:07:57 AM

CoolerMaster Xtreme powerplus 500w


as hd 6870 requires 500w power supply cant i use my psu with the card
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a c 176 U Graphics card
June 2, 2011 10:36:33 AM

Sigh. This is one of those problem PSUs, though not the worst I've ever seen. Click the link and follow along.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

So, take a look at this pic and tell me where it says 500W on the sticker. Give up? It doesn't. If anything, it should say 430W as the 3.3, 5, and both 12v rails are not to exceed 431.5W. It does have only 1 6pin PCIe plug, and (360W / 12V) 30A on the 12V rails. This is a lot of room on the 12V rail for only one PCIe plug. 30A should give you two PCIe plugs. This PSU also has a red voltage select switch meaning its built on an old design. This means its <80% efficient at converting AC to DC electricity.

That said you still have 360W. Assuming 100W for your CPU, 50W for your other stuff, that still leaves you 210W for your GPU. The 6870 I think is around 170W, so your ok to use an adapter. You are VERY close to what your PSU can do however, so upgrading it would be a good idea.
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a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2011 1:54:16 PM

The 6870 is a good choice for 210$ but you may need to upgrade your psu since it has a max tdp of 151 watt.i suggest you get a hd 5770/6850(6850 will be most suited to u) and with the rest money get a 2 gb ram.it would allow you to play games to ur needs.
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June 2, 2011 2:39:09 PM

4745454b said:
What PSU do you have? The fastest single PCIe plug card is the 5770. If your PSU isn't up to it however you'll need to upgrade it first.

+1 if you are wanting to upgrade card only and keep it cheap
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June 2, 2011 3:02:22 PM

Best answer selected by gamer6.
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